Broadband Internet access for researchers in the US has come early with the launch Monday of a new pan American network.
IXC Communications has launched an IP network, called Gemini2000, spanning New York, Washington and San Francisco, that offers a broadband backbone for both academic and commercial Internet users. Connections to other cities will follow.
According to IXC, Gemini2000 will offer connections up to 1,000 times faster than current Internet connections.
An alternative Internet solely for research and education users - called Internet2 - is already in operation in the US. Gemini2000 goes a step further, according to analysts, bringing next generation Internet connections to both commercial and academic users.
"Gemini2000 will benefit anybody who was looking for the bandwidth benefits of Internet2 to come early," said Berge Ayvazian, executive vice president at analysts Yankee Group. "It's unique because it's up and running and ready to support high volume Internet."
"The purpose of Internet2 was to segregate the academic and research communities from the commercial Internet," continued Ayvazian. "You'll see the participants in Gemini2000 interacting directly with the academic and commercial interests."
As well as targeting the research and education communities, IXC said its backbone will target business, healthcare and other commercial organisations, offering high speed Internet connections that will enable streaming multimedia applications.
IXC has also launched an initiative to build advanced applications for next generation Internet systems like Gemini2000. The Gemini2000 Program has kicked off with a partnership between IXC and Applied Theory, which will together create advance applications for telemedicine, advanced engineering, virtual learning and other uses.
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